Counselling someone about HIV/AIDS and someone affected by HIV/AIDS is different from other types of counselling. The goals of HIV/AIDS counselling are to promote behaviour change to prevent HIV infection and its transmission to other people and to give psycho-social support to those whose lives have been affected by HIV. Therefore, the counsellor is referred to as an HIV/AIDS counsellor. An HIV/AIDS counsellor must be comfortable discussing sexual practices of men, women and young people, discussing death and dying, be able to recognize and accept people who have different opinions/values than their own, be non-judgmental, have thorough HIV/AIDS knowledge, be empathetic, be aware of resources to which he /she can refer the client when necessary, and be able to deal with the emotional challenges and stress.
HIV/AIDS counselling committee members within organizations, HR practitioners.
At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
- Define counselling;
- Identify goals of HIV/AIDS counselling;
- Explain qualities and basic skills of an effective counsellor;
- Explain importance of confidentiality;
- Explain essential concepts of HIV counseling;
- Describe the HIV Counsellor’s roles and tasks;
- Identify the stages of counselling process and corresponding skills;
- Practice counselling skills;
- Describe steps in the behavior change process.
US$ 1150 to cover tuition and training materials only